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Writers:
Kan Shimozawa (story) and
Taeko Asano (screenplay)
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Release Date:
25 October 2008 (Japan) See more »
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Ichi is a blind woman who roams about town with her shamisen (a three-stringed Japanese guitar), but she has exceptional sword skills with which she fights off yakuza and other villains. | Add synopsis »
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A stylish take on a classic legend... See more (15 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Haruka Ayase ... Ichi

Shidô Nakamura ... Banki
Yôsuke Kubozuka ... Toraji Shirakawa
Takao Ohsawa ... Toma Fujihira
Gô Rijû ... Kihachi

Mayumi Sada ... Mitsu
Tetsuo Yamashita
Ayumu Saitô
Toru Tezuka
Kumiko Tsuchiya
Shirô Namiki ... Kataoka
Tetta Sugimoto ... Blind man
Megumi Yokoyama ... Toma's mother
Eri Watanabe ... Ohama
Yoshiyuki Yamaguchi
Akira Emoto ... Chobei Shirakawa
Yûto Nakano
Shôichirô Masumoto
Ryôsuke Shima ... Kotaro
Katsuya
Kôji Motegi
Yuuki Natsusaka
Kotarô Tomomitsu
Kôichi Taniguchi
Kenji Yoshioka
Issei Okihara ... Ushitora
Yasuomi Sano
Mitsuki Koga ... Jako
Ryûki Kitaoka
Tadashi Oiwa
Usagi Kôno ... Blind Vaudevillian
Yukina Kashiwa ... Young Ichi
Kazuma Chiba ... Young Toma
Wakako Matsuzaka ... Blind Vaudevillian
Reita Serizawa
Toshiki Masuda ... Thug
Masaki Katô
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yûko Endô
Daishirô Hano
Horiken
Yoshihiro Ishizuka
Eiko Kotake ... Blind Vaudevillian
Hiroki Matsukata
Masaaki Nagae
Riki Takeuchi
R. Bruce Elliott ... Chobei Shirakawa (voice: English version) (uncredited)

Todd Haberkorn ... Toraji (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Gwendolyn Lau ... Blind Vaudevillian (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Andy Mullins ... Villager (voice: English version) (uncredited)

Brina Palencia ... Ichi (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Brandon Potter ... Thug (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Christopher Sabat ... Gambling Thug (voice: English version) (uncredited)
J. Michael Tatum ... Banki (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Kent Williams ... Banki's Follower (voice: English version) (uncredited)
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Directed by
Fumihiko Sori 
 
Writing credits
Kan Shimozawa  story and characters and
Taeko Asano  screenplay

Produced by
Nobuhiro Azuma .... producer
Yoshitaka Hori .... producer
Yoshio Irie .... producer
Sumio Kiga .... producer
Hiroyoshi Koiwai .... producer
Toshiaki Nakazawa .... producer
Yûji Shimamoto .... producer
Yasushi Umemura .... producer
Takeshi Yamaoka .... producer
Kôji Yoshida .... producer
 
Original Music by
Michael Edwards 
Lisa Gerrard 
 
Cinematography by
Keiji Hashimoto (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Mototaka Kusakabe 
 
Art Direction by
Takashi Sasaki 
 
Sound Department
Adrian Cook .... sound re-recording mixer
Koji Kasamatsu .... sound effects (as Kôji Kasamatsu)
 
Visual Effects by
Tadao Matsuno .... visual effects supervisor
 

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Rated R for sequences of bloody violence, and brief sexuality
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120 min
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Certification:
Australia:MA (2009) | Canada:18A (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Québec) | France:-16 | Germany:16 | Japan:PG-12 | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:15 | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #45593)
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A stylish take on a classic legend..., 19 September 2012
Author: Paul Magne Haakonsen from Denmark

Having seen other movies about the Zatoichi legend and having been less than entertained and having ended up ejecting the disc about half way through, it was with some hesitation that I sat down to watch this 2008 take on the legend.

I will say this this 2008 version was particularly stylish and interesting compared to the other ones I have seen. It stands out as it is heavier on the action and the acting, than the older movies that are heavier on the melodrama.

The movie is easily summarized for those not familiar with the legend of the blind swordsman. Ichi (played by Haruka Ayase), a blind traveling musician, is seeking out her mentor, and on her travels she meets up with Toma Fujihira (played by Takao Osawa) and the end up in a feud between the Yakuza and a gang of thugs.

"Ichi" has some good action scenes and sequences that were nicely choreographed, and they used a great combination of slow-motion and regular motion camera work to enhance the action. And the sword fight scenes were spices up with spray blood, although there wasn't actually any gore, so it was tastefully done. Oddly enough, though, with her skills with her sword, Ichi never got any blood on her and was always pretty and clean.

The movie was driven by a good story, and helped along by some pretty good acting. I must applaud Haruka Ayase for her portrayal of Ichi, because it was really nicely done; emotional and beautiful. The movie did suffer from the acting of Shidô Nakamura who played Banki, the leader of the thugs, it was overdone and very staged.

There was a lot of good camera work in the movie, and lots of nice scenes. They made good use of the scenery in the movie, and the sets were working quite well. And the costumes and props were working well in favor of the movie as well.

For a live action Manga, then "Ichi" was a good movie, entertaining and full of action. I was glad that I watched this, despite of my former bad experiences with the older movies. Recommendable for those who like feudal Japanese swords fighting movies.

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